Each week, Athlon will take a deeper look at the fantasy matchups that affect your lineup. Some players will deserve a second look from managers while others could create some concern. Check out Athlon's College Fantasy Start or Sit for Week 8:
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QB — Deserves A Second Look
Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (Duke)
I drafted Taylor specifically because of his matchups in week 7 and 8. He did not disappoint last week with his thrid straight 30-point week. He set season highs for yards and passing touchdowns last week (292-3) and has been running the ball a lot lately. Duke has been giving up big numbers to QBs all season, as well. The Blue Devils rank 97th in pass efficiency defense, 101st in total defense and 112th in scoring defense. Taylor's only 300-yard effort in 2009 came against the Dukies.
Aaron Murray, Georgia (@ Kentucky)
The Florida product is beginning to blossom into the player we all saw as a recruit. He is a special leader with a Drew Brees style of play (Brees from Purdue, not the NFL). He has topped the 220-yard mark in five straight games and has 7 TD strikes in his last three. He will also chip in some rushing yards and maybe even a rushing TD or two. This could be a shootout, so I expect him to throw a lot — to A.J Green.
Nathan Enderle, Idaho (New Mexico State)
This might just be a copy and paste from last week's plug. After a very slow start to the season, Enderle is back in a big way. The burly passer has lines of 347-3, 380-3 and 373-3 in his last three contests. He might be a must start from here on out with the WAC schedule looking very favorable (other than Boise State). The Aggies are 118th in total defense and 114th in scoring defense.
Marc Verica, Virginia (Eastern MIchigan)
Anyone playing the Eagles has a chance to post adequate numbers,
Chris Relf, Mississippi State (UAB)
He may only throw six passes, but his legs could offer plenty of value.
Matt Scott, Arizona (Washington)
Huskies defense doesn't offer much resistence and he is at home.
Stephen Garcia, South Carolina (@ Vanderbilt)
Without Lattimore, Spurrier could turn to Garcia on the road.
QB — Better Think Twice
Cameron Newton, Auburn (LSU)
This is the million dollar fantasy question for week 8. How do you bench the Heisman leader and No. 1 fantasy player in all of the land? I can't tell you to do that, but this will be by far the best defensive test Newton has faced all season. Consider the fantasy performances against the Bayou Bengals this season. Since Week 1, LSU has allowed a total of 698 yards passing (116 ypg) from starting QBs (counting both Mississippi State passers). Their TD to INT ratio? A disgusting 3:8 rate. And rushing yards allowed to QBs this fall? A total of -26 combined yards rushing by opposing starters. Over their last seven meetings, Auburn has averaged just over 13 points per game, topping 20 points only twice — with a high of 24 three years ago. Just some facts for you to agonize over. Have fun making this call Newton owners.
Ben Chappell, Indiana (@ Illinois)
Chappell has been nothing short of amazing this fall — other than the Ohio State game, of course. His last four (not counting OSU) were 366-3, 342-4, 480-3 and 382-4. So a game against Illinois shouldn't worry anyone right? Well, the Fighting Koennings have improved greatly on defense. They have allowed 419 total passing yards to starters in Big Ten play (which includes Kirk Cousins and Terrelle Pryor). Look for the Illini to control the clock and dominate the line of scrimmage, leaving Chappell with little opportunity of posting a big number.
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State (Nebraska)
Nebraska is angry. Nebraska is good. Against opposing quarterbacks? They are downright nasty. They rank No. 1 nationally against the pass (117 ypg) this year and have shut down some pretty good fantasy options. Jake Locker threw for 71 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. Nathan Enderle went for 141 yards, 1 TD and 5 INTs. Even in a win, Garrett Gilbert was 4-of-16 for 62 yards and no scores last week through the air. I think the Black Shirts make a statement this weekend as the Huskers roll through Oklahoma State.
Tim Jefferson vs. Andy Dalton (Air Force @ TCU)
Its always tough facing an Air Force team that will possess the ball and take loads of time off the clock. TCU's defense speaks for itself. Jefferson should be nowhere near a starting line-up, and Dalton, who threw a TD in every game last year except against the Falcons, has limited upside too. His 198-0-1, 38-0 line against AFA last year scares me into other options this week.
T.J. Yates vs. Jacory Harris (North Carolina @ Miami, Fla.)
In BCS only leagues, these two have been solid options. But not this week against the top two pass defenses in the ACC. Miami is fourth nationally in pass defense (150 ypg) and leads the ACC in total defense. The Tar Heels are second in the ACC in pass defense and scoring defense. These two combined for 2 TDs and 4 INTs against one another last season. Look elsewhere.
Big East quarterbacks, The Big East (@ Anyone):
Chas Dodd vs. Tino Sunseri (Rutgers @ Pitt)
You are in serious trouble if you are looking at this one.
Ryan Nassiib vs. Geno Smith (Syracuse @ West Virginia)
Smith isn't a terrible start, but Nassib will be held in check.
Zach Frazer vs. Adam Froman (UConn @ Louisville)
QB flip-flip/suspension doesn't bode well for Huskies, and Froman could struggle against solid D.
B.J Daniels vs. Zach Collaros (South Florida @ Cincinnati)
The USF passer has been a huge dissappointment; Collaros is the top option from this league this week.